A large fleet of Evergreen Helicopters’ aircraft have been dispatched to the gulf coast to aid in the rescue and relief efforts following the devastation of hurricane Katrina. Evergreen Helicopters are supporting a number of government and private organizations, providing lift for people and supplies. Missions include: rescues off of levees, transporting such necessities as water, food, and fuel, and bringing support crews in and out of the area.

According to NBC News, Katrina has taken the lives of more than 100 people, has caused devastation through three states, and has damaged the lives of hundreds of thousands of victims.

“We are glad to be providing our aircraft to act as angels of mercy in these efforts,” said Evergreen Helicopters’ president David Rath. “We plan to have our fleet there helping with everything from rescues to reconstruction.”

Evergreen Helicopters’ parent company, Evergreen International Aviation, has a long history of helping those in need, with a division devoted to local and international humanitarian and relief projects, Evergreen Humanitarian and Relief Services.